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Health Tip: Braces Basics

-- Braces require special care to help keep them functioning properly and prevent tooth damage.

The American Association of Orthodontists offers these suggestions for taking care of your teeth and braces:

  • Brush and floss your teeth each day. Infrequent brushing can lead to more trips to the dentist or orthodontist.
  • The cleaner and healthier teeth are, the faster they will move, the AAO says.
  • If you play a sport, you may need to wear a mouth guard.
  • Never chew on pens, pencils, erasers or fingernails.
  • Stay away from foods that are very hard or crunchy, sticky or chewy.
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Posted: December 2008